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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Adam Mair, Jason Pominville, and Mike Grier scored in the first 30 minutes for the Buffalo Sabres, who rebounded from a devastating loss and beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Friday night to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask had outplayed Buffalo's Ryan Miller, but only barely, as the Bruins had won three straight tight games. The Sabres broke through early in this one, with Mair scoring on Buffalo's first shot. The Bruins didn't recover.

Johnny Boychuk scored the lone Boston goal late in the third, but Tyler Ennis added an empty-net goal for the Sabres with 1:43 remaining. Game 6 is Monday night in Boston. The Bruins lead the series 3-2.

Miller made 34 saves and was helped at every turn by his teammates, who blocked 19 shots in the first two periods.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks to terrific goaltending by Jaroslav Halak and a pair of early goals, eighth-seeded Montreal ensured Alex Ovechkin and Washington still have work to do in the first round of the playoffs.

Halak made 37 saves in his return to the net, Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored on two of Montreal's first five shots, and the Canadiens beat the top-seeded Capitals in Game 5 to extend their Eastern Conference series.

The Capitals could have closed it out at home, but they will take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 at Montreal on Monday.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin went back to Halak - benching Carey Price, who took over in goal during Game 3 and started Game 4. The move worked against the high-flying, NHL-leading offense of the Capitals, as Halak limited Washington to Ovechkin's second-period goal.

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